Falkland Islands Fisheries Department

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Verónica Iriarte
+500 27260


Background & Qualifications

I am from Punta del Este (Uruguay) and I have been fascinated by the ocean from a very young age. I obtained a degree in Biological Sciences at the Faculty of Sciences in Montevideo (UDELAR) and then I gained a Masters in Marine Sciences and Limnology from the Mexican Autonomous National University (UNAM). My research background is mostly related to marine mammal interactions with fisheries, having earned a Global Fellowship in Marine Conservation from Duke University Marine Lab. After working four years in the Brazilian rainforest on a project that studied the illegal catches of river dolphins (boto & tucuxi) for bait, I came to the Falklands to work as a Scientific Fisheries Observer. After two years, I moved the position to work as a Fishery Protection Officer, being directly involved with enforcement. Since March 2019 I have been blessed with my current role as a Scientific Officer (Seabirds & Marine Mammals). I have fallen in love with the almost pristine nature of the islands and I truly enjoy being at sea.

Research interests

Interactions of megafauna with fisheries, marine sustainable development, cetacean ecology and acoustics.


Iriarte, V., & Marmontel, M. (2013). Insights on the use of dolphins (boto Inia geoffrensis and tucuxi, Sotalia fluviatilis) for bait in the piracatinga (Calophysus macropterus) fishery in the Western Brazilian Amazon. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management. 13(2): 163-173.

Iriarte, V., & Marmontel, M. (2013). River dolphin (Inia geoffrensis, Sotalia fluviatilis) mortality events attributed to artisanal fisheries in the Western Brazilian Amazon. Aquatic Mammals, 39(2): 116-124.

Iriarte, V., & Marmontel, M. (2011). Report of an encounter with a human intentionally entangled Amazon River dolphin calf (Inia geoffrensis) and posterior release in Tefé River, Amazonas State, Brazil. Uakari, (7):29-33.

Iriarte, V. (2009). Analysis of killer whale (Orcinus orca) vocalizations from the south portion of Gulf of California. MSc. Dissertation. Marine Sciences and Limnology Graduate School, National Mexican Autonomous University (UNAM) [in Spanish].

Iriarte, V. (2006). Killer whale (Orcinus orca) occurrence at Isla de Lobos, Uruguay. The Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals. 5(1):73-76.